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51st State is Just Around the Corner: Puerto Rico

HR 2499 has 181 co-sponsors

EDITORIAL: Puerto Rican run
The deck is stacked for statehood

Rigging an election is nice work if you can pull it off. That's what the Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives appears to be trying to do as it votes next week on the misleadingly named Puerto Rico Democracy Act, which is designed to confer statehood on the island commonwealth by hook or crook. The bill is wrongheaded on so many levels that opponents in the Senate ought to filibuster it to death if it passes the House, as expected.

Since being formed as a commonwealth in 1950 under a self-drafted constitution, Puerto Rico has enjoyed a special status with a degree of autonomy. Since 1976, it has enjoyed the unique advantage of offering tax-free profits to American companies that do business there. Occasional plebiscites have been held asking island residents if they wanted statehood instead of their special status, but voters rejected change each time. The statehood option garnered just 46.3 percent and 46.5 percent of the vote in the last two attempts, the most recent in 1998. But because Puerto Rico leans heavily Democratic, congressional Democrats pine after the two new senators and perhaps six new House members who would be added to their caucus if statehood passed.

The Democrats' solution is ingenious - and underhanded. The new bill would call for a two-stage vote rather than a straightforward one.

Past elections have shown that commonwealth status is favored directly over statehood, directly against independence and directly against some sort of hybrid arrangement. Yet among all four options, commonwealth support appears to enjoy only a strong plurality, but maybe not an absolute majority. Presto: The Democrats' scheme is to first hold a vote with just two options: commonwealth on one side, anything else on the other. If supporters of all three other options ban together, they might vote to rule out the commonwealth without knowing what would replace it.

Only if and when that first vote succeeds would a second vote be held to determine which of the other three options would apply - with commonwealth status off the table.



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Another option for the dems

Another option for the dems to obtain a surefire majority in the House and Senate, is to encourage as many "red" states as possible to secede.

Just saying...

SteveMT's picture

Hear that stuki!

Wyoming and Montana are quite independent. We would do just fine seceding. Do you thing that they would miss us?

I know I will! But then

I know I will!

But then again, I'll be a serious contender for the race to be the first to move there post secession. Particularly if secession happens for the kind of reasons the two states have gotten press for recently.

The dems, particularly out here in CA, constantly carp about how "wrong" it is that WY have as many senators as CA does, despite having the smallest population in the country. You'd think they'd be happy to see WY go, but I guess the fear of letting the rest of America observe how much better life can be in a free world, is what keeps them biting their lips and sucking it up. That, and their Wall Street Welfare Queen allies don't look kindly on any change, that reduces the number of taxpayers they can force to contribute to their million dollar welfare checks.

Anyway, since you seem to be from MT, is there any murmurs about barring the feds from mandating Montanans to reimburse the big health insurers for their campaign expenditures up there? I believe there is a movement in VA to that effect. Now that the gun issue is "settled", I would think protecting their citizens from being forced to fund insurance lobbies would be a suitable next goal.

Too late

Puerto Rico, already suffers from being under the plenary power of congress, just like all Americans who elect to become US Citizens and domicile themselves in the District of Columbia through participation in government licensure and franchise, and working as an (often unpaid) officer of the government.

The following definition is of the federal United States**, that part of the United States where congress exercises plenary power:

The term “United States”, except as otherwise specifically herein provided, when used in a geographical sense, means the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands of the United States, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
[8 U.S.C. §1101(a)(38)]

The term continental United States means the District of Columbia and the several States, except Alaska and Hawaii.
[8 C.F.R. §215.1(f)]

The term “State” includes the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands of the United States, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
[8 U.S.C. §1101(a)(36)]

Since congress has absolute authority over territories and the federal enclaves within the Union states, it may at its discretion extend political representation over such territories as it chooses.

“It is clear that Congress, as a legislative body, exercise two species of legislative power: the one, limited as to its objects, but extending all over the Union: the other, an absolute, exclusive legislative power over the District of Columbia. The preliminary inquiry in the case now before the Court, is, by virtue of which of these authorities was the law in question passed?”
[Cohens v. Virginia,, 19 U.S. 264, 6 Wheat. 265; 5 L.Ed. 257 (1821)]

“Indeed, the practical interpretation put by Congress upon the Constitution has been long continued and uniform to the effect [182 U.S. 244, 279] that the Constitution is applicable to territories acquired by purchase or conquest, only when and so far as Congress shall so direct. Notwithstanding its duty to 'guarantee to every state in this Union a republican form of government' (art. 4, 4), by which we understand, according to the definition of Webster, 'a government in which the supreme power resides in the whole body of the people, and is exercised by representatives elected by them,' Congress did not hesitate, in the original organization of the territories of Louisiana, Florida, the Northwest Territory, and its subdivisions of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin and still more recently in the case of Alaska, to establish a form of government bearing a much greater analogy to a British Crown colony than a republican state of America..."
[Downes v. Bidwell, 182 U.S. 244 (1901)]

So while there are presently advantages to residence in Puerto Rico as compared to residence in the District of Columbia, the transition to state-hood for Puerto Rico would most likely mean that most Puerto Ricans will through ignorance elect to be treated as residents in the District of Columbia instead of as citizens of Puerto Rico and non-citizen nationals with respect to the federal government as state-hood would demand. This is the same story for most Americans, who have traded their birth right for the bondage of government franchises to the detriment of their liberties and the destruction of the separation of powers. I wish the best for the people of Puerto Rico, but I fear that their ignorance will lead to their further exploitation by the corporatist regime in DC. Only by gaining a solid understanding of the laws and limitations of our government and how the deceivers in DC have enslaved the great majority of Americans can Puerto Ricans (and all Americans) reclaim their liberties.

Start learning today:


The Road to Serfdom

Oh, but they are ignorant. For example: in 2006, when the government had budget problems instead of cutting spending and reducing the already bloated government job sector, the government instead proposed a sales tax even though there is already a Federal type income tax on the island. Well, at first the people resisted, as they should, but the government somehow convinced them that it was for the better of the island. And so they kept the pressure on the people and threaten them with closing the government (as if it would be a bad thing) if they didn't establish the sales tax. Finally the people gave up like the slaves that they are to the government's demands, but like the saying goes: “never underestimate the power of Fools in large numbers”, so then came the battle of how high should the sales tax be, the governor proposed a 7% sales tax, and the legislators proposed a 5.5% sales tax, after which point the governor threaten the legislators that he was not going to sign the proposed 5.5% sales tax, he was more or less forced to sign after closing the government for 2 weeks because the legislators would not budge. But, ironically, the legislators made a mistake in the text which some believe was intentional that gave the governor ability to raise it to 7%, so the governor won in the end after all, with help from the legislators farce opposition.

The funny part is that after the government closed, a protest was made that involve marching to the capitol. Estimates made showed that about 100k marched, but I think it was less than 50k, if not lower. Most that marched were obviously government employees and their family members, but instead of marching to reduce irresponsible behavior, bad management, bad policy, bad 'laws' and bad government, the people marched to tell the government to decide on either way on the proposed sales tax, one would have thought that they would march for less government. Right? At least the new governor is getting rid of 20k public sector jobs and no one is complaining, except the 20k public servants. Though he's not that much better than the last. At least that level of ignorance is not exclusive to the island. Right?

SteveMT's picture

republic: Thanks for great link and info posted.

Congress needs to read it also!

The people of Puerto Rico also have their own birther issue to deal with.

Shock over voided Puerto Rican birth certificates
Posted: Feb 27, 2010 1:50 AM MST Updated: Feb 27, 2010 11:30 PM MST

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Native Puerto Ricans living outside the island territory are reacting with surprise and confusion after learning their birth certificates will become no good this summer.

A law enacted by Puerto Rico in December mainly to combat identity theft invalidates as of July 1 all previously issued Puerto Rican birth certificates. That means more than a third of the 4.1 million people of Puerto Rican descent living in the 50 states must arrange to get new certificates.

The change catches many unaware.

Julissa Flores, 33, of Orlando, Fla., said she knew nothing about Puerto Rico's law.

"I was planning a trip and now I don't know," she said. "Do I need to go get a passport? If my birth certificate is invalid, am I stuck here?"

People born in Puerto Rico, a U.S. commonwealth, are U.S. citizens at birth. Anyone using a stolen Puerto Rico birth certificate could enter and move about the U.S. more easily, which could also pose security problems.

Puerto Rico's legislature passed the law after raids last March broke up a criminal ring that had stolen thousands of birth certificates and other identifying documents from severaldifferent schools in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Ricans on average get about 20 copies of their birth certificates over their lifetimes, said Kenneth McClintock Hernandez, the commonwealth's secretary of state.

This is because they are regularly asked to produce them for such events as enrolling children in school or joining sports leagues. Schools and other institutions have typically kept copies, a practice prohibited under the new law since January, McClintock said.

As much as 40 percent of the identity fraud in the U.S. involves birth certificates from Puerto Rico, McClintock said he was told by the State Department.


This Is Evil Genius at Work.

They finally have figured out a way to force them in.

Before I read your excellent post I always said the following... (Which is now in doubt)

Why Puerto Rico Will Never Become a State

Perto Rico is divided into 3 solid voting blocs about statehood. Equally divided 1/3rd 1/3rd 1/3rd.
US Territory - This is what they have now. They are part of the US but have significant tax advantages. Best of Both Worlds. They will always be a US territory in some form.

More Independence from US - Move to a true separation – Never Going to Happen – The Money and Power group looses too much of both.

Full US Statehood - Only the political class wants this. The Puerto Rico political class and the Washington Power Brokers have seen what an absolute stranglehold one party has had in Hawaii. So the Puerto Rico Political Class wants this so that they can be the next US Senators and House Reps. This is Why you see so much Dem – Repub primary expenditure in Puerto Rico. They need to be ready when statehood happens.

That is what is so significant about your post – they have figured out how to make a state when 66 pct do not want statehood.

(... The free state project should have moved to Puerto Rico.)

SteveMT's picture

HawaiianDude: Evil genius at work is right!

The last thing on the to-do list of our "Congress" should be this.
However, more democrats who will vote demonic, I mean democratic, apparently has priority over our country.

Thank you for your feedback.

If the democrats increase

If the democrats increase their numbers enough this way, I'm sure they will try to ram through Obamacare, followed by an amnesty bill for illegal aliens which would include weakening of enforcement of laws related to illegal immigration(they want this to get more democrat voters to ensure they stay in power and the welfare/warfare state continues for many years to come), and a host of other bills that Ron Paul is strongly opposed to. And the republicans won't have enough votes to stop any of it from going through. It's scary to think of what Obama, Reid and Pelosi would do if they have enough of a majority to ram through any bill they want.

SteveMT's picture

It seems that the entire world is invited to the party over....

here that WE are paying for. The tab is on US as usual, sold out by our own "elected" officials.
Poor and infuriating.
The enemy from within.

Can't imagine

anyone voluntarily joining this mess.

If we add Puerto Rico , be sure and tell BO that makes 58

or was that 51? You know and I'm not so sure Hawaii and Alaska count because they are detached.

Maybe Puerto Rico can take the place of Texas after we secede. Just kidding>

I don't see why the

I don't see why the constitution wouldn't allow it. although i don't see why puerto rico would even want to join the Us.they have protection from the US and they seem to be relatively free and democratic, although i don't know much abou tthem.

"they seem to be relatively

"they seem to be relatively free and democratic"-libertybrewcity

Not at all!!!!!!!!!!!

Looks like the IRS will have to move it's headquarters.

Their H.Q. is not allowed on U.S. soil under the thrust of the Volstead Act.

Don't forget the ATF if I'm

Don't forget the ATF if I'm not mistaken. PR has the pure trust of the IRS.


The IRS was created as part of the Volstead Act. When prohibition was repealed they had to leave the country. They were only allowed to conduct business by contract. Did you ever sign a W-2? Now they have jurisdiction and may traverse into your land.

Fixing mistakes in your records

If you accidentally elected to become an unpaid officer in the federal government through filing a W-2, it is possible to correct your administrative record.


Furthermore, if you are being improperly and illegally reported to the IRS through the use of W-4 or 1099s, this can be prevented and or rebutted through the use of W-8BEN and 1099 amendments (all modified to remove injurious presumptions).




Thank you republic. I enjoy your posts and thoughtful input. You're a great source of information.

Will the flag change


Yes of course it will change.

A 51st star will be added on July 4th following admission per current law. There are at least 2 designs already made up for this contingency. (that is not a conspiracy to admit Puerto Rico mind you, they also have flag designs for other numbers of states over 50. This is done simply to be prepared for if and when we add any)


(scroll down to "Future Flag" section

northstar's picture

Obama said 57 states...

... so this one would be 58 lol

Real eyes realize real lies

We want our country back

Every year is a year for Ron Paul!